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The wave of liquid soaps and detergents in the 1950s revolutionized home and personal care. Cheap and convenient, these off-the-shelf products fit perfectly into the lifestyle of the time. A few decades later, though, plastic waste put the sustainability of hygiene products into question. Refill tablet production technology answers that by eliminating single-use plastic. Instead of picking up a new bottle every time, end-users complete the formulation process in a multi-use container and with a simple instruction: just add water.

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Tablet press

Eccentric press for refill tablets

Hundreds of different refill tablets, of various shapes or sizes, are on the market toda...

Sachet Machine

If you want to pack into eye-catching 4-side sealed sachets between 40x50 mm and 250x200 mm in size, investing ...

Stickpack Machine

If you are looking to pack your product into stick packs from 17 x 40 mm to 100 x 200 mm in size, you may b...

Vertical agitated dry media mill

A vertical agitated media mill is used for grinding ultrafine particles, in an agitated (or...

Ultrafine pin mill

Particularly designed for humid, oily, and greasy products.

Polymer line granulator

When it comes to the low-dust and cost-effective comminution of mouldings, blow mouldings and sprues ...

Spiral jet mill

Jet mills are frequently used in the pharmaceutical industry and also for the production of fine-grade chemica...

Mixing and fluid bed granulation

A mixing & fluid bed granulation system is the combination of a fluid bed dryer and a h...

Single rotary tablet press

Creating batches of consistent high quality pharmaceutical grade tablets from your powdered ingre...

Versatile weight sorter for tablets & capsules

Saving costs and improved production e...

Fluid bed dryer for production scale

Fluidized bed drying (FBD) is a common process in the ...

Rotary tablet press

For pharmaceutical tablet producers looking to reduce waste, costs and  i...

Single and double layer tablet press

High performance tablet presses that are capable of pr...

Capsule checkweigher

The production of pharmaceutical capsules requires that individual doses...

Industrial drying cabinet

The production of high-quality biltong and similar dried meat products can pose problems with main...

Industrial dehydration machine

Dried fruits are popular both as food in themselves and as ingredients. Traditional drying te...

Laboratory Tablet Press

Pharmaceutical research and development projects may require small samples of high quality tablets fo...

Particle analysation monitor

Products like granules, tablets and capsules require inspection at numerous steps in the produc...

Gypsum centrifuge

Especially designed for flue gas desulphurization, applications in coal fired power plants and waste incine...

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Apply wet granulation to facilitate the flowability of tablet materials in production technology

Before compressing the mixture into a tablet, granulate the fine particles to improve flowability throughout processing. The wet granulation technique introduces 1-4% water or solvent to the formula to bind particles together.

Add moisture-absorbing materials such as microcrystalline cellulose or silicon dioxide to remove any excess fluids.

Pre-compress the mix before forming with compaction technology

The ease of use of refill products comes down to their physical form. Indeed, compression is the crucial step in refill tablet manufacturing.

Compaction technology presses the granulate into a cohesive mono-dose that can break up in the right liquid conditions. But excessive die-wall pressure on the particles could develop cracks later in the process. Subject the formula to pre-compression to prevent this kind of capping and lamination.

Enhance the sensory impact with your signature additives

Formulas for refill tablets vary by their intended use. For example, citric acid is a suitable cleaning agent in a bathroom cleaner mix, while sodium sulfate performs that action in a hand soap tablet.

The sensory effect is equally important. Calcium carbonate, among other additives, has a brightening effect; sodium laureth sulfate acts as a foaming agent. Mix scents and dyes to improve the consumer appeal of the refill tablets.

Add a disintegrant to ease tablet dissolution in water

The test of the refill tablet production lies in the dissolution of the dose. Once popped in its water container, the compacted formula must dissolve quickly and evenly, distributing the particles in the liquid.

Polyethylene glycol is an inactive ingredient that speeds up the disintegration of the tablet. Sesquicarbonates like sodium glycine carbonate are a class of petroleum-free alternatives that perform the same function.

Package refill tablets in water-tight wrapping film

One of the main advantages of refill tablets is that they significantly reduce water usage from the production line. Unlike liquid detergents and soaps, it is the final consumer that mixes in the water, decreasing the impact of large-volume transportation.

Wrap the tablets in humidity and air-resistant film to avoid premature dissolution. Individual packaging also makes storage and application easier for consumers.

Processing steps involved in refill-tablets making

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